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Report highlights UK and US financial institutions’ contribution to Amazon deforestation

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A report released on 12 March by Amazon Watch reveals the involvement of five American and British financial institutions in billions of dollars in debt and equity financing for crude oil extraction projects in the western Amazon.

Coul Links golf snub is victory for common sense, says environmental scientist

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The beach of Embo Sands lies alongside Coul Links (photo credit: Julian Paren). A leading environmental scientist has hailed the ‘landmark decision’ to refuse planning permission for the Coul Links golf course – labelling it a victory for ‘common sense’.

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Covid-19 risk greater in urban centres affected by air pollution

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People living in polluted cities are more at risk from Covid-19, according to health experts cited in a 16 March report from the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), an advocacy group.

Oxford-Cambridge rail scheme’s “net gain” commitment shows HS2 failing nature, says RSPB

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A site in Birmingham cleared for work on HS2, in December 2019. Transport Secretary’s announcement of preferred route for East West Rail timely reminder of HS2’s failure to protect environment, says conservation group.

The long road to recognition

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Civil engineer and Chartered Water & Environmental Manager Simon Crowther has both personal experience of flooding (as “victim” in 2007), and expertise in tackling it, as director of Flood Protection Solutions , which he founded in 2012.

Project secures EU funding to create sugars, chemicals and plastics from household waste

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Resource recovery technology firm Fiberight is one of the consortium partners.

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Manchester hotel joins soap and toiletry bottles recycling scheme

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The Lowry Hotel in Manchester is among the first in the UK to sign up to a new toiletries recycling scheme.

Biomethane could deliver 30% of the UK’s 2030 carbon budget in hardest to decarbonise sectors, says report

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With a supportive policy environment, anaerobic digestion (AD) technology could produce 8 billion m3 biomethane/year, enough to heat 6.4 million homes, by 2030, according to a new report from the industry group ADBA.

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UKWIR failure database revamp gets underway

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A review of UKWIR’s National Failure Database for pipe assets is being carried out by Servelec Technologies. The work will examine the business case for continuing development and support of the NFD, which benchmarks failure rates for water distribution mains and sewers in the UK and Ireland.

Three billion tons less CO2 emissions by 2030 possible with photonics, says study

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Photonics technologies can contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by three billion tons per year by 2030, according to a new study by German industry association SPECTARIS, the Fraunhofer Institute, TEMATYS and Messe Munchen appears. This is the equivalent of 22.2

Still in the dark about targets? Observers respond to the UK government’s Environment Bill

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Following the announcement of the government’s Environment Bill on 30 January , many observers in the environmental arena reflected on the ambition and likely efficacy of the legislation, while highlighting areas of concern and suggested improvement. Envirotec reports.

Planners call on government for stronger direction on climate action

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An overwhelming majority of UK planners want the next government to give stronger direction and more resources to enable local planners to deliver net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Virtual reality training wins water industry innovation award

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The Igloo cylindrical training theatre used by Lanes. Drainage and utility specialist Lanes Group plc has won the Institute of Water of Innovation Award 2020 for the South East Region for leading the development of virtual reality (VR) capability in a 360 video theatre.

New report reveals hedgehogs, yellowhammers and dragonflies at risk post-EU Exit

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The report expresses a fear of legislative shortfalls, such as a lack of provisions to ensure hedgerows are not cut during the bird nesting season, a measure important to the protection of birds like yellowhammers and small mammals such as hedgehogs.

New film showcases solutions for Baltic Sea eutrophication

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Vantaanjoki, Finland, one of three river basins used in case-study form in the 18-minute film. Launch of documentary on innovations for recycling nutrients from agriculture and wastewater.

Grant awarded for facility to convert waste plastic to hydrogen

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Hydrogen fuel pumps at a service station in Washington DC, USA: The fuel generated by the Ellesmore Port facility will be used locally to power transport.

Vast amounts of valuable energy, nutrients, water lost in world’s fast-rising wastewater streams, says study

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Wastewater from agriculture: The study says about 13.4% of the global fertilizer nutrient demand could be supplemented by full nutrient recovery from wastewater.

Delivering cleaner vehicles and better air quality: Educational roadshow returns to Scotland

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The “Innovation Wagon” at a previous OWL Roadshow. An initiative with a brief to help drive up safety and compliance standards in the transport sector (including in relation to air quality and emissions from vehicles) is returning to Scotland in March.

Ecology consultant appointed on Severn Trent Water & Hafren Dyfrdwy Framework

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(L-R) Nick Sanderson, Anthony Mellor and Oliver Ramm. Ecology consultants, RammSanderson has been appointed onto a framework of suppliers to Severn Trent Water (STW) and Hafren Dyfrdwy (HD), the firm announced on 6 April. The company has also had its contract with Western Power Distribution extended.

Coronavirus causing huge difficulty for the recovered paper sector, says Recycling Association

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The coronavirus outbreak is hitting the vulnerable recovered paper sector hard according to The Recycling Association. Over the past few years, the international market for recovered fibre has received a number of blows and this has proved challenging for the UK in particular.

Over 60GW of wind energy capacity installed in 2019, the second-biggest year in history

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Industry group calls on governments to ensure regulation is fit for purpose and “look beyond LCOE”, in order to accelerate growth of wind energy and meet climate targets.

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Trade group reiterates the environmental and economic value of biogas to new ministers

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Appointments of new COP26 President and Environment Secretary triggers renewed efforts to demonstrate the benefits of biogas for decarbonising the UK and global economies.

Describing pollutant distribution in 3d

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A team led by environmental physicist Stefan Schreier at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna is attempting to build up a better picture of nitrogen dioxide pollution in the city.

New year, new savings for solar generators, as tariffs for grid export return

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Aerial drone image of solar panels on the roof of a high rise building in London.

Air pollution and premature death: Life expectancy impacts described in Bristol study

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Research considers health impact in England’s eighth biggest city, Bristol. Five people dying prematurely every week – 260 for the year as a result of two most harmful forms of air pollution, PM2.5 and NO2.

‘Urgent action’ needed if Scotland’s transport sector is to meet net zero targets, according to new report

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Net zero offers ‘huge economic development opportunity’ for Scotland. But significant investment and urgent action is required. Interconnectivity between different modes of transport is critical.

Keep a close eye on mercury

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When properly contained and controlled, mercury can be used safely.

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Planned UK spaceports could add significantly to emissions of climate-warming gases

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Plesetsk Cosmodrome, a Russian spaceport located in Mirny: Plans being advanced to build a number of satellite launch sites in the UK are proceeding without due consideration for emissions of climate-warming gases and other impacts, according to the data collected by Stay in Cornwall.

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Making sense of sensor arrays

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Research at Oregon State University is working towards the development of an electronic “nose” capable of monitoring air quality, detecting safety threats, and measuring gases in a patient’s breath.

Inspecting pipelines with OGI

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FLIR Systems has published a new application spotlight that highlights the role its Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras are playing in detecting gas leaks from oil and gas pipelines. These often stretch long distances, carrying a variety of materials.

British Water launches micropollutants technical group

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A collaborative technical focus group has been set up by British Water to find new ways to reduce levels of micropollutants in wastewater. The group, which comprises British Water members, had its first meeting in February and will meet again in May.

Under development: Top 5 cleantech innovations to watch in 2020

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Cleantech innovation took centre stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, in January, a sign of growing commercial interest in this fast-moving area of R&D. Many cleantech innovations are now market ready for major-scale application, with improved government funding providing the boost needed to support their commercialisation. There are also an increasing number of emerging technologies, currently under development, both in the UK and abroad.

RRC IEMA Environmental Management qualifications (sponsored)

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This article is sponsored by RRC. RRC is a well-established health and safety and environmental management training provider, with over 90 years experience of delivering high-quality training and education worldwide.

UN report: Ocean-based climate action could deliver a fifth of emissions cuts needed to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C

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An area of seagrass and rock on the seabed, Mediterranean sea, France: “Blue carbon” ecosystems could prevent approximately 1 gigatonne of CO2e from entering the atmosphere by 2050, says the report.

AD and the UK’s net-zero emissions commitment: ADBA conference to discuss

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ADBA’s flagship event returns in December 2019, according to the anaerobic digestion representative body, “marking 10 years of ADBA and 10 years before the UK government must reduce emissions by 57%.”

Researcher creates drone system to give early warning on natural disasters and act as wifi hotspot

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Dr Duong says he has developed a low cost system using drones that can fly over large areas, taking real-time measurements and providing information about weather conditions.

Making stronger concrete with ‘sewage-enhanced’ steel slag

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A magnified image of the new concrete variant. A group of researchers say they have shown how a by-product of steelmaking can be used to both treat wastewater and make stronger concrete, in a zero-waste approach to help advance the circular economy.

Investigation reveals almost 130,000 tonnes of carpet incinerated annually

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Carpet waste is a huge issue in UK, as an area the size of Birmingham is thrown away every year. Carpet Recycling UK, a trade association set up to encourage carpet recycling, oversees 73% of diverted carpet waste being sent to incineration at an approximate climate cost of £16.5

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Nesting in the thrush hour: Leeds traffic light hosts endangered bird species

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The traffic light in Leeds city centre (photo credit Ben Andrew). Mistle thrush aka stormcock has set up nest in Leeds traffic light. Chicks hatched during height of storm Dennis. Nesting has taken place more than a month earlier than usual.

Green New Deal promises to re-evaluate the European economy to meet climate challenges

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Sweeping changes to the European economy to better meet the challenges of climate change and ecological breakdown were promised by the European Green Deal, unveiled on 11 December in a speech in Brussels by the European Commission’s new president, Ursula von der Leyen.

EU and US prevent vital protections for endangered mako sharks

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Bristol announces low carbon housing development, and selection of heat pump technology

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Borehole drilling rig for the installation of heat pumps at Ashton Rise. A sustainable housing development is to be developed in Bristol, featuring innovative low-carbon heating.

Firms launch circular economy solution to prevent millions of tonnes of e-mobility waste worldwide

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A new partnership aims to demonstrate how bespoke circular-economy batteries can tackle the mounting problem of e-waste, specifically in relation to electric vehicles.

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